Kinji Fukasaku

Highest Rated: 87% Battle Royale (2000)
Lowest Rated: 20% The Green Slime (1969)
Birthday: Jul 3, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
Known primarily in the West for directing such features as Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and the controversial Battle Royale (2000), maverick Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku established himself early on with a series of Toei Studio yakuza movies before gaining international recognition after taking over for Akira Kurosawa when the legendary director abandoned Tora! Tora! Tora!. Fukasaku was born in Mito, Japan, in 1930, and made his film debut with 1961's High Noon for Gangsters. A studio director who separated himself from the pack by opting to craft socially critical contemporary crime films as opposed to the popular period samurai efforts, his early efforts provided the perfect outlet for a director frustrated with the grim realities of post-war Japan. Taking a cue from Italian neorealism, Fukasaku continued to craft a unique style that would flourish throughout the 1960s. Later helming the visually explosive Black Lizard, it soon became apparent that Fukasaku was a director whose talents were limited by the suffocating restraints of the Japanese studio system. Exploring the dark underworld of crime and continually blurring the line between good and evil in his "Battle series," (which began with 1973's Battles Without Honor and Humanity) the director's brutal and abrasive films captured the life of crime as rarely seen by the general Japanese public. Persuaded by the studios to continue making similarly themed crime films long after he had exhausted those creative outlets, Fukasaku began to explore other realms following the collapse of the studio system. Though he would subsequently dabble in samurai cinema for a brief period, it was soon time to film the biggest-budgeted Japanese film to date, the international co-production Virus (1980). Headlined by an all-star cast of American and Japanese actors, the film told a grim tale of world destruction on an epic scale. The Fall Guy (1982), filmed shortly thereafter, proved the celluloid manifestation of Fukasaku's frustrations with the restrictive studio system, and found the director the recipient of numerous awards. Continuing to work steadily through the following decade and into the new millennium, Fukasaku released the most controversial film of his career in 2000. Once again exploring his frustrations with Japanese society, Battle Royale sparked a firestorm of controversy both in Japan and abroad with it's striking and disturbing images of children locked in graphic mortal combat. Issued as a dire warning to the youth of Japan, Battle Royale ultimately proved a substantial hit at the box office and it wasn't long before a sequel went into development. Sadly, it was shortly before production began on Battle Royale 2 that the aging director announcing that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Soldiering on despite continually declining health, Fukasaku was admitted to a hospital in late December and died soon after on January 12, 2003. Despite the fact that the director himself would not be able to complete work on his final effort, son Kenta Fukasaku would complete the film for a 2003 release.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Shanhai bansukingu (Shanghai Rhapsody) Director 2014
No Score Yet Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu (Sure Death Revenge) Director 2014
No Score Yet Itsuka giragirasuruhi (Double Cross) Director 2014
No Score Yet Funky Hat no kaidanji (Man with the Funky Hat) Director 2014
No Score Yet Hokkai no Abare-Ryu Director 2014
No Score Yet Hokori takaki chosen Director 2014
No Score Yet Gang domei Director 2014
No Score Yet Chi-zome No Daimon (Bloodstained Clan Honor) Director 2014
No Score Yet Hakuchu no buraikan (Greed in Broad Daylight) Director 2014
No Score Yet Dôtonborigawa Director 2014
No Score Yet Shikingen gôdatsu Director 2014
No Score Yet Chûshingura gaiden: Yotsuya kaidan (Crest of Betrayal) Director 2014
No Score Yet Jakoman to Tetsu Director 2014
30% Battle Royale II Director 2003
No Score Yet Yakuza the Graveyard (Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana) Director 2001
No Score Yet Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota (Modern Yakuza: Outlaw Killer) (Street Mobster) Director 2001
No Score Yet Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers (Gendai Yakuza: Hito-kiri Yota) Screenwriter Director 2001
No Score Yet Kimi ga wakamono nara (If You Were Young: Rage) (Our Dear Buddies) Director 2000
No Score Yet Nihon boryoku-dan: Kumicho (Japan Organized Crime Boss) Director 2000
87% Battle Royale Director 2000
No Score Yet Sure Death: Revenge Director 2000
No Score Yet The Geisha House (Omocha) Director 1999
No Score Yet Rampo Actor Director 1995
No Score Yet Rampo Actor 1995
No Score Yet Kataku no hito (House on Fire) Director 1986
No Score Yet Shogun's Samurai - The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy Director 1984
No Score Yet Legend of the Eight Samurai (Satomi hakken-den) Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Fall Guy Director 1982
No Score Yet Samurai Reincarnation (Makai tenshô) Director 1981
No Score Yet Fukkatsu no hi (Day of Resurrection) (The End) (Virus) Director 1980
No Score Yet Message from Space Director 1978
No Score Yet Swords of Vengeance Director 1978
No Score Yet Hokuriku dairi senso (Hokuriku Proxy War) Producer Director 1977
No Score Yet Doberman Cop Director 1977
No Score Yet New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Boss's Last Days (Shin jingi naki tatakai: Kumicho saigo no hi) Director 1976
No Score Yet Kenkei tai soshiki boryoku (Cops Vs Thugs) Director 1975
No Score Yet Graveyard of Honor (Jingi no hakaba) (Death of Honor) Director 1975
No Score Yet New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: The Boss's Head Director 1975
No Score Yet Jingi naki tatakai: Kanketsu-hen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 5: Final Episode) Director 1974
No Score Yet Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 4: Police Tactics) Director 1974
No Score Yet New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1 (Shin jingi naki tatakai) Director 1974
No Score Yet Jingi naki tatakai: Dairi senso (Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War) Director 1973
No Score Yet Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen(Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deathmatch in Hiroshima) Director 1973
50% Jingi naki tatakai (Battles Without Honor and Humanity)(The Yakuza Papers)(War Without a Code) Director 1973
No Score Yet Under the Flag of the Rising Sun Director Screenwriter 1972
55% Tora! Tora! Tora! Director 1970
No Score Yet Black Rose Mansion (Kuro bara no yakata) Screenwriter Director 1969
No Score Yet Sympathy for the Underdog Director 1969
No Score Yet Black Rose Mansion Screenwriter Director 1969
20% The Green Slime Director 1969
No Score Yet Blackmail Is My Life Director 1968
No Score Yet Kurotokage (Black Lizard) Director 1968
No Score Yet Odoshi Director 1966
No Score Yet Ôkami to buta to ningen (Wolves, Pigs & Men) Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Gyangu tai G-men Director 1962

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